mcgorman611 wrote in post #15222813
I am an amateur and still learning. I recently had a baby and she has been the main focus of my pictures. I want to expand my picture taking but I find that my camera sits in the closet for stretches at a time. My questions is this... how do I get inspired? Where can I find new ideas? I guess I would say I'm struggling with my creativity. Does anyone have any methods for coming up with new ideas?
Inspiration mostly happens when people are working, so just work.
And yes...that's when "working", not when "shooting". Shooting is obviously very important, but it's not the only way to "work" and it's not the only source of inspiration.
I'm not really a fan of the "shoot lots of pictures every day" mindset. But if you're not gonna shoot, you ought to be "working" somehow. Write a journal entry about potential ideas, do some research, go through old photos and see what's working and what's not, draw sketches of ideas you had, cut out magazines pages of images you like, write a dream journal, go see a new movie and pay attention to the visual design employed. Just...work. Hell...if nothing else, blindly go out with the intention of getting 200 or so captures, then go through ALL of them and pay attention to what you shot. With the entire world in front of you, and you shooting blindly, I guarantee that there are still gonna be patterns. Either you photographing a lot of stuff with a similar theme or aesthetic, that kind of thing. If nothing else, just plain shoot blindly and then in retrospect pay really good attention to recognize what kinds of stuff you're shooting and why you shot it and why you shot it that particular way.
But you've gotta work. Even during the times when someone gets a good idea merely by driving to work or eating cheetos while watching porn on the sofa, one still sort of has to put in the work to capture those ideas or else they often just vanish like a fart in the wind. I'm not even saying that you need to shoot all the time (though if it's only rarely that you shoot, there may be a problem). I'm just saying that even if one doesn't shoot, there are all sorts of ways that one can still be working. And that's what you've gotta do, because in my experience, most people don't "find inspiration" by just sitting on their asses doing nothing. Even if you don't touch a camera for an entire year, you should have some ideas once you decide to pick it up again.